Cristal grew up splitting her time between the California central coast and the Arizona desert. She always had a camera with her, cultivating an archive of experiences throughout her early life. Cristal currently resides in Portland Oregon, where she received her BFA in Photography at Pacific Northwest College of Art. Her art practice explores personal and family-related trauma so that she and her audience may gain a better understanding of themselves. Since graduating, she has been featured in several exhibitions including New Photography From the Pacific Northwest curated by Yaelle S. Amir and the Blue Sky Gallery’s Pacific Northwest Photography Viewing Drawers. When she’s not working you can find her hiking wooded trails with her dogs, tending to her vegetable garden, and cooking or canning homemade jams.